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NABLUS, West Bank (AP) - Mobs of Jewish settlers went on a rampage in the West Bank Monday, attacking Palestinian laborers and setting fire to agricultural land to protest against an Israeli government crackdown on unauthorized outposts in the territory.
Palestinian laborers riding on a minivan were injured when stone-throwing settlers attacked them, the workers said.
Monday's violence was all deep inside the West Bank, where most of the hard-line settlements are located.
It started overn
Originally posted by Wachstum
Just for the record: "Kristallnacht" is an euphemism that was used in the black ages, it means crystal-night. The better term is Progromnacht
Originally posted by A Conscience
Kind of remind me of the antics of the Klu Klux Klan. Only this time it has government support.
Scums of the earth!
Originally posted by Mdv2
reply to post by mattpryor
The last time I checked, such things don't happen in Holland. So stop your ignorant talks and educate yourself. Instead of sitting behind your TV watching Fox you should maybe go there and figure it out yourself.
How does this have government support? How can you make such a statement?
At 9.30pm 25 settlers arrived by car to Palestinian land near the illegal outpost of Asaeel. The settler mob walked up to the home of a farming family and told them to leave, whereupon they started to tear down the tent, stealing everything in the household: from gas ovens to teapots. Asked who they were, they claimed to not being locals but inhabitants of Hebron settlement Kiryat Arba. Trying in vain to stop the stealing of his property, the Palestinian farmer managed to stop an army jeep. The soldiers however told the man to call the police, even though the soldiers witnessed all belongings of the Palestinian family being stolen and stuffed in to cars.
At 11 am the settlers were gone and with them the a Palestinian home. Police later arrived and took the information about the incident, though they stated that since there were “no evidence of Palestinian residence” at the location, therefore the only crime committed by the settlers were property theft. Left without shelter, food or water the family are now homeless by force. After several hours under burning sun, they received a primitive tent and basic food supplies from the red cross.
Palestinian shepherds and farmers in the South Hebron Hills live under constant threat from settler attacks. The settlers systematically attack Palestinians in order to dispute their land, when they succeed in their intimidation they can state that the land is not used by Palestinians. There are several settler attacks reported weekly in the region.
25 June 2008
Israeli settlers from the settlements of Yizhar and Bracha attacked the Palestinian village of Bureen and its lands on Thursday, May 19, burning huge amounts of farmland and entering the village to attack residents with stones. The settlers, including children, teenagers, and adults, burned olive groves as they moved into the village.
During the attack Thursday a 63-year-old Palestinian woman was assaulted by the settlers, sustaining wounds that required hospitalization. The settlers also set fire to olive groves spanning the width of the mountain. When Israeli soldiers reached the village they prevented the residents from trying to put out the fires for two hours. Residents said the soldiers were only there to protect the settlers and not the Palestinian people.
Imran said events like this happen one to two times a year. Other residents commented on the fact that they have never done anything to provoke the settlers. Imran said, “We are a peaceful, simple people. Many of us are farmers. We have no weapons. So why do they attack us?”
The settlers have also been known to put poison on the fields where the Bureen farmers graze their livestock. One farmer said his entire flock of sheep was wiped out in a month because of such poison.
But settlers have now developed a new way of terrorizing their Palestinian neighbors. They have begun building rockets and have fired two of them at the village to date...
I applaud the Israeli human rights group who recently provided video cameras to Palestinian farmers to capture the violent activities of the settlers, which would otherwise be undocumented.
"Footage of West Bank attack Footage from a video camera handed out by an Israeli human rights group appears to show Jewish settlers beating up Palestinians in the West Bank. An elderly shepherd, his wife and a nephew said they were attacked by four masked men for allowing their animals to graze near the settlement of Susia."
However my point is that there is a big gulf between inaction on the part of the government and police (through lack of political pressure and / or awareness) and the government actively condoning it.
Mr. Blair met with the mayor of At-Tuwani as well as members of Christian Peacemaker Teams and Operation Dove, who described the attacks and harassment Palestinians experience from Israeli settlers and soldiers when Palestinians attempt to access their land.
The conversation also highlighted Israeli government inaction toward settler aggression, exemplified by the government's failure to follow through with the demolition orders on the illegal Israeli outpost of Havat Ma'on.
When asked what he will do about this situation, Mr. Blair answered, "It's got to be stopped, hasn't it? This is what should happen.
On 22 May 2003, Al-Haq and 12 Hebron Residents submitted a petition to the Israeli High Court of Justice against the Israeli Prime Minister, the Minister of Defence and the Minister for Interior Security. The petition challenged the pattern of impunity granted to settlers who have committed violent acts against Palestinians and their property in the old city of Hebron, which are H2 areas under complete and effective Israeli control. The cases included in the petition cover physical attacks with water, eggs, rocks, knives, Molotov cocktails, live shooting and even shells; targeting the Palestinians themselves and their cars, homes, livestock and crops; resulting in crimes of burglary, attempted arson and arson, as well as other property destruction, attempted murder and murder. The murder victims were two children aged respectively two and fourteen.
Not only are these cases of violence ineffectively prevented, investigated and punished on a routinely basis, but sometimes the Israeli occupying forces intervene only against the Palestinians attempting to protect themselves or expel them from their homes in order to appease the attackers.
The following methods are used by the Israeli Occupying Power to attain its illegal demographic objectives:
1. Home Demolition – Between 1967 and 2009 Israel has demolished over 24,102 houses in the OPT, including the recent events in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.12 A noticeable increase in demolitions and displacement in the Jerusalem district was recently reported by OCHA,13 which increases the pressure on Palestinians residents of Jerusalem to move into the West Bank.
2. Land Confiscation and Colonization – Israel occupies the entire surface of the West Bank (some 5,860 km2) and has confiscated or de facto annexed more than 3,350 km2.14 The confiscated lands owned by Palestinians are allocated to the exclusive use of Jewish settlers and to building and expanding the illegal Jewish-only settlements (colonies). According to the 2008 data from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics,
approximately 290,000 Jews live in the 120 (official) colonies and dozens of outposts established throughout the occupied West Bank over the past 41 years.15 The official statistics do not reflect the actual scope and nature of the illegal Israeli settlement activity in the OPT. More than 30 settlements and the extensive construction of buildings and infrastructure have been carried out on lands privately-owned by
Palestinians in the West Bank, but are not included in the official Israeli government statistics.
3. The Closure Regime and Separation Wall – There is clear evidence of internal displacement as a result of lack of access to essential services because of the ‘closure regime’ and the construction of the separation Wall and its associated regime, which is making the situation of Palestinians, especially those in enclaves, untenable. Freedom of movement is systematically denied through an elaborate regime of Israeli military checkpoints and obstacles, by-pass roads and infrastructure dividing the OPT.
4. Violence and Harassment by Jewish Settlers – The Palestinian civilians are subject to acts of (Jewish) community violence, inflicting on them great physical and mental suffering amounting to torture and/or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. The systematic Jewish settler harassment and aggressive actions against the Palestinians and their property, coupled with the absence of an effective response to enforce the rule of law by the relevant Israeli authorities,
resulted in additional displacement of Palestinians resident mainly in areas adjacent to Israeli settlements in the West Bank.17 A total of 523 settler-related incidents were recorded between January 2007 – October 2008.
A Soldier's Story
A reserve soldier serving in Hebron in 1994 wrote the following to the then Minister of Education and Culture, MK Amnon Rubinstein:
'On January 17, during my reserve service in Hebron, I witnessed a serious incident in which a group of settlers attacked vegetable stands belonging to local residents. I was unable to stop the rioters because the orders we received do not include that possibility. Even after the event, when I asked one of the commanders whether we were permitted to arrest settlers during a riot [by them], I received an explicit "No" in response. I was also not permitted, despite my repeated requests and the promises that were made, to submit a complaint to the police about what I saw.
On that day I was with another soldier from my unit...at a lookout near one of the entrances to the Hebron casbah and the road leading to the Cave of the Patriarchs. At about 3:00 p.m., a group of Jewish girls, accompanied by young men with weapons and a few older women, came out of the alleyway leading from the casbah. During the entire time, the girls kept dumping the produce and trampling on them. They treated our demands to stop with contempt. In the meantime, one of the settlers' escorts slashed the four tires of an Arab car parked nearby and smashed the front windshield.
The soldier who was with me seized the young fellow who had slashed the tires. In the meantime, the owner of the car arrived, and a fight broke out between him and the person who had damaged his car. The officer in the jeep ordered the two separated, and in the melee that followed, during which the settler girls shouted at the soldiers in the jeep and sprayed them with water, the tire slasher escaped. The girls also fled.
We were told that the police would be summoned to take our testimony. A few minutes later the regional battalion commander arrived with a police jeep. The policeman spoke to the soldier who was on guard with me but did not take proper testimony. We emphasised to the battalion commander that we could identify the rioters, especially the one who had damaged the car. The battalion commander promised that we would be taken to regional brigade headquarters to give written testimony.
When I returned to the base, I asked the operations room officer to ask battalion HQ when we would be taken to give our written testimony. The officer explained "If the soldier wants to testify, let him come to regional brigade HQ." We had no way to get there, since individual soldiers may not cross Hebron on foot unescorted. So no testimony was taken from us. The next day we went home on a two-day leave.
I was very upset by the whole incident. A group of settlers had maliciously damaged the property and sullied the honour of Arabs in front of IDF soldiers, fearless and contemptuous of us and our demands that they stop. The orders we received did not enable us to arrest rioting Jews. My repeated requests in this matter encountered an apathetic bureaucratic reaction and the incredible advice to cross Hebron by foot without an escort in order to give a statement. I heard similar stories from soldiers doing compulsory service who are on duty in the area. In every confrontation with settlers, they encounter a coarse reaction and feel powerless. My impression is that in cases of attacks by settlers on local residents, anything goes. Is this really the policy of the government and the IDF?